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    FATALITY: ELECTRICIAN DIES NEAR OVERHEAD CRANE

    Death at premises of major global steel structures business

    It has been reported by the Northern Echo that a workman has died at the premises of the Cleveland Bridge UK Ltd in Darlington.

    The emergency services attended the premises on Yarm Road shortly before 11.30am on Tuesday 25th October following the accident which is reported to have involved an electrician. The authorities have yet to disclose how the workman was injured.

    However, an HSE spokeswoman told the Echo that “he had been working in the vicinity of an overhead travelling crane”.  The spokeswoman did not confirm the man had died as a result of a fall, but said a specialist construction inspector attended with others.

    HSE have attended the scene to conduct an investigation after the incident was “handed over”  by Durham Police.

    A spokeswoman for the HSE told The Northern Echo:

    “The police have referred it over to HSE. It was a fatality. It happened just before 12 noon. We have got two inspectors and a specialist construction inspector at the scene. We are just making our initial inquiries, but we are on site.”

    A spokeswoman for the North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) said:

    “We were called at 11.26am to an incident at Cleveland Bridge. We despatched an ambulance, a rapid response paramedic, one crew from our hazardous area response team and the MERIT car – used by the air ambulance when it cannot fly. It was foggy so the air ambulance was grounded. It is manned by a paramedic and a doctor.”

    A spokeswoman for Cleveland Bridge told the Echo:

    “Cleveland Bridge is a close-knit community. Everyone within the company is deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with our colleague’s family, friends and co-workers.

    We offer them all our deepest sympathies and support at this very sad time. Our human resources team is working to support our staff who have been affected by this accident.

    A thorough internal investigation of the incident has already been instigated and we are working closely with, and fully supporting, the Health and Safety Executive in its review.”

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